Chemotherapy negligence can make your cancer worse and increase stress in what is already a difficult time in your life. You might have a medical negligence claim for compensation if you suffered a less-than-acceptable standard of care during your course of chemotherapy. 

The correct treatment and care are essential for tackling any form of cancer. To suffer chemotherapy negligence, such as receiving the wrong medication, is medical negligence which could endanger your life. 

You may suffer months or years of unnecessary pain, anguish, and discomfort due to medical negligence, and you might be able to claim compensation from those responsible. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can make your claim for chemotherapy negligence and get you the compensation you deserve.

Chemotherapy Negligence

What is chemotherapy negligence?

Chemotherapy negligence is less than professional chemotherapy treatment when you are fighting cancer. It could be you receive the wrong medication, the wrong dose of a medication or experience delays in receiving chemotherapy. 

Any form of cancer negligence only allows the cancer to get worse, causes delays with your correct treatment and puts your life in danger. 

Medical negligence is medical care below that any other medical professional acting at an acceptable level would provide. In a chemotherapy negligence case, the NHS hospital or private care clinic has not provided you with an acceptable level of medical care. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can look at your case and see if you have a valid chemotherapy negligence claim for compensation. 

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Common claims for chemotherapy negligence

Common claims for chemotherapy range from administering the wrong drug to delays in treatment. You could have a medical negligence claim for compensation if you suffered from chemotherapy negligence.

Chemotherapy negligence could damage your health and put your life in danger. It can be very stressful to learn there have been errors in your chemotherapy treatment, and you may make a claim for chemotherapy negligence. 

Common claims for chemotherapy negligence are:

  • Delays in beginning the course of chemotherapy
  • Receiving the wrong chemotherapy medication
  • Receiving the wrong dose of a chemotherapy medication
  • Receiving chemotherapy in error and becoming ill
  • Lack of care during chemotherapy
  • Errors in administering the chemotherapy medication
Common claims for chemotherapy negligence

Delays in beginning the course of chemotherapy

Delays in beginning the course of chemotherapy can happen due to waiting lists, lack of trained nurses and doctors and errors in scheduling. 

Any delays and interruptions in chemotherapy therapy can have a devastating effect on a patient. Delays can let a cancer worsen and add stress to the patient’s life. 

A cancer could develop and become even more difficult to treat if there are delays in treatment. You can claim compensation if you suffer chemotherapy negligence due to delays in treatment.

Receiving the wrong chemotherapy medication

Receiving the wrong chemotherapy medication can seriously affect your cancer treatment. 

You could receive the wrong medication if the nurse administers it in error or a doctor prescribes the wrong one. Chemotherapy medications are very specific and toxic. The wrong medication could make you very ill and delay the course of your therapy. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can handle your possible case for compensation.

Receiving the wrong dose of a chemotherapy medication

Receiving the wrong dose of a chemotherapy medication could make you very ill and may even make your treatment ineffective. 

Chemotherapy medications are very toxic, and too much of a dose can have serious side effects. The medication may stay in your system longer than planned, and you may suffer very upsetting side effects.

When you receive too little of a dose, you are not receiving what your doctor wanted for your treatment. The cancer may grow and spread before the error is corrected.

Are you eligible for compensation?

If you want to obtain compensation for the negligence you have suffered, we have a simple 3 step process to make sure you get the money you deserve

  • Take our online assessment & speak with our team

  • Our team of doctors and lawyers will undertake a full medical review based on your medical records

  • We will send a legal letter of claim and our solicitors will pursue your compensation on your behalf

All case reviews are 100% cost and commitment free.

Receiving chemotherapy in error and falling ill

Receiving chemotherapy in error and falling ill can happen if you are prescribed it in error or if the course is unsuitable for your type of cancer. 

Your doctor should take every care to diagnose your cancer and prescribe the correct course of treatment. Chemotherapy can be devastating to the body, and to receive it in error may be very stressful. 

You might be able to claim compensation if your doctor prescribes chemotherapy when it is not necessary for you.

Lack of care during chemotherapy

A lack of care during chemotherapy treatment can lead to infections with infusion sites, collapsed veins and the patient suffering unnecessary stress at a terrible time in their life. 

An untreated wound will become infected, and in a cancer patient, additional infections can be very serious. Nurses should quickly diagnose a problem and bring it to a doctor’s attention. 

Failing to monitor the infusion of a chemotherapy medication can lead to errors such as leakages and interruptions to the supply. 

A lack of care during chemotherapy is medical negligence, and you might have a claim for compensation.

Errors in administering the chemotherapy medication

Errors in administering the chemotherapy medication can include dosage errors, medication errors and mistakes in the flow of the infusion. 

Chemotherapy medications are administered directly into the bloodstream. Flow errors, where too much is injected at a time, can cause serious side effects, and some patients can die from an infusion error. 

Alert systems should be in place to detect and raise the alarm if there are errors with the flow rates of chemotherapy medication. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can look at your case and see if you have a claim for chemotherapy negligence compensation.

Compensation for chemotherapy negligence

You can seek compensation for chemotherapy negligence claims in amounts from the low £10,000s to over £10 million in some cases.

The compensation varies depending on several factors, and chemotherapy negligence claims sometimes see very high awards, such as when a patient passes away or suffers a lifetime of unnecessary suffering and chronic pain. 

Compensation amounts in chemotherapy negligence claims can be:

  • Failing to administer the correct dose of chemotherapy medication – £32,000
  • Not referring a cancer patient for chemotherapy – £41,500
  • Failing to treat an injury from the chemotherapy infusion – £53,800
  • Failing to monitor the flow of the chemotherapy infusion – £56,200
  • Delays in beginning a course of chemotherapy – £85,500
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(All amounts are approximate and are only a guide to what is possible in chemotherapy negligence claims. Figures can be high in some claims as you or a loved one could need long-term care and may face medical bills for life. You may be able to claim for these care expenses and the medical costs in the future.)

As in all medical negligence claims, each case is dealt with on merit and how much the patient suffers due to chemotherapy negligence complications. 

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will be the one to advise you on a chemotherapy negligence claim. They will know from experience what your case may be worth and how to make a successful claim. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will handle your chemotherapy negligence claim for compensation and all damages incurred.

Our Process

Our team members have a higher career win rate with a 75% success rate on NHS letters of claim, compared to an industry average of 54.5%.

Enquiry

The first step is to get in touch and tell us what went wrong. It’s free and easy. Call our 24-hour helpline: 0800 246 1122 or request a callback here.

Medical Evaluation

Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. Typically the next step is to obtain your medical records for us to review.

Legal Letter

Once all your medical records have been received they will be reviewed by a medically & legally qualified member of our team. If there is evidence of medical negligence we will send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your medical negligence claim.

Who is eligible for compensation?

The patient who suffers from complications due to chemotherapy negligence may be eligible for compensation. They are the ones who have suffered, and the clear medical negligence could lead to the cancer going untreated for a long time. 

The delays in their treatment could sometimes lead to years of unnecessary suffering and the patient’s early death. 

If a patient passes away due to chemotherapy negligence, the ones left behind may have a claim for medical negligence.

Loved ones in a medical negligence case are known as ‘dependents’ and can be:

  • A spouse or former spouse of the deceased
  • Someone who lived with the deceased for two years before death as a husband, wife, or civil partner.
  • Blood children, adopted children or those who became children through marriage or civil partnership
  • Parents and those acting as parents, such as a guardian or step-parents
  • Grandparents or great-grandparents
  • Brothers, sisters, cousins, and other direct relatives

When you are a victim of chemotherapy negligence or have lost a loved one through chemotherapy negligence, you may have a claim for compensation.

What can you claim for when you sue for chemotherapy negligence?

You can claim compensation for any damages that occurred when you sue for chemotherapy negligence. 

There are two types of compensation damages due when suing for any type of medical negligence: General damages and Special damages.

General damages are when you sue for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity, PSLA, you have experienced due to negligence. 

  • Pain is that above what is normally expected for your procedure. 
  • Suffering is the inconvenience and changes to your life that cause you discomfort. 
  • Loss of Amenity is any difficulty you have in doing everyday tasks, such as walking, sitting, playing sports, and sleeping.

Special damages include loss of earnings, future care costs, and out-of-pocket expenses. 

  • Loss of earnings includes compensation for time off work and any reduction of your income in the future. 
  • Future care costs are for any care you will need as a result of medical negligence.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses cover medical appointments, travel, accommodation, and meals.

Be sure to keep payslips, receipts, and proof of any losses you experience due to the medical negligence.  

You deserve compensation to cover all losses, including loss of life, medical costs, and long-term care needs. 

When you or a loved one suffers from the effects of chemotherapy negligence, you can make a claim for chemotherapy negligence compensation.

two types of compensation damages

Who is responsible for chemotherapy negligence?

A medical professional is responsible for any chemotherapy negligence. When you bring a claim for chemotherapy negligence, you claim against the NHS Trust or private clinic that employed the medical professional responsible.

A medical professional responsible for the chemotherapy negligence could be:

  • The doctor who failed to order chemotherapy
  • The nurse who missed the signs of infusion injury
  • The hospital consultant who ordered chemotherapy in error
  • The nurse who administered the incorrect dose of medication
  • The hospital responsible for cancer treatment protocols
  • The hospital responsible for hiring suitable medical professionals
  • The hospital responsible for providing the chemotherapy medications
Who is responsible for medical negligence

Every medical professional owes you a duty of care when dealing with your health problems. You may suffer chemotherapy negligence if they are negligent with that duty of care and do not provide you with a professional service before an operation.

Medical negligence is treatment below an acceptable standard by a medical professional. Instead of putting the care needed into your chemotherapy, the cancer treatment team made avoidable errors, which is clear medical negligence. 

You may need to undergo years of treatment to correct the errors of chemotherapy negligence. By behaving less-than-professionally, the doctor risks your health, and the effects could be with you for life.

You can claim compensation for the chemotherapy negligence and get help getting your life back on track.

Cancer negligence

Cancer negligence is a common source of medical negligence claims within the NHS. You may suffer cancer negligence during diagnosis or during treatment, and it can be very difficult to come to terms with the stress it adds to your life. 

If a loved one passes away or their life is deeply impacted by cancer negligence, it will be very hard for the family to accept the errors of medical negligence. 

You can seek compensation for cancer negligence and possibly prevent other families from going through a similar experience.

Common cancer negligence claims are: 

  • Missed diagnosis of cancer
  • Delays in treatment for cancer
  • Errors in the treatment of cancer
  • A cancer diagnosed as another type of cancer
  • Delays in diagnosis of a cancer
  • Radiotherapy errors leading to cancer negligence

You might be able to claim compensation for cancer negligence when you fall ill due to the medical negligence. 

Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor can help guide you through the steps of a chemotherapy negligence claim and any other type of cancer negligence.

Cancer negligence

What are the steps involved in making a chemotherapy negligence claim?

The steps involved in making a chemotherapy negligence claim go from seeking medical advice to issuing court proceedings. 

The steps are a part of any successful compensation case, and settlement can happen at any stage in the process. 

Your medical negligence solicitor will do the rest when you follow the steps correctly and gather all the facts and figures.

Seek medical advice on the injuries you have suffered or are suffering immediately you realise you experienced chemotherapy negligence

Contact a specialist medical negligence solicitor who operates on a No Win No Fee basis and tell them what went wrong. The right solicitor will look at your case, see where the problem lies, and advise if you suffered chemotherapy negligence. 

The Medical Negligence Team also have a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme, where you get all the money awarded in a negligence claim. 

You are the one who suffered medical negligence, and you should get all the money due for the suffering.

Your medical negligence solicitor obtains your medical records with your permission. By reading your records, they will confirm if they think you have a valid chemotherapy negligence claim. 

The medical negligence team will know from your medical records if the case will result in compensation being paid.

The medical negligence solicitor sending a letter of claim to the negligent party is the next step. The letter will ask them to admit the chemotherapy negligence in what is known as ‘sending a letter of claim.’ 

When the negligent party receives the letter of claim, it has up to four months to provide a written response.

Getting a response from the negligent party’s insurer will move your compensation claim closer to a conclusion. 

The insurer will either admit the medical negligence or say they intend to defend the case. Deciding to defend the case is known as ‘deny liability’ in legal terms. 

If they admit liability, your chemotherapy negligence claim can be valued, and the two parties will meet to decide on your compensation payment. 

Your solicitor will negotiate with the negligent party and use their experience to get the compensation you deserve.

Issuing court proceedings is the next step if they deny liability in your chemotherapy negligence claim. 

Going to court happens, too, when they are not prepared to pay a fair amount for the injuries you have suffered. Your medical negligence solicitor issues the court proceedings.  

Remember that less than 1% of medical negligence cases end up in court, and very few of those cases ever make it to the courtroom.

making a medical negligence claim

Our Process

Our team members have a higher career win rate with a 75% success rate on NHS letters of claim, compared to an industry average of 54.5%.

Enquiry

The first step is to get in touch and tell us what went wrong. It’s free and easy. Call our 24-hour helpline: 0800 246 1122 or request a callback here.

Medical Evaluation

Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. Typically the next step is to obtain your medical records for us to review.

Legal Letter

Once all your medical records have been received they will be reviewed by a medically & legally qualified member of our team. If there is evidence of medical negligence we will send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your medical negligence claim.

How long do I have to make a claim for chemotherapy negligence?

You have three years to make a claim for chemotherapy negligence. All medical negligence claims are subject to limitation periods. 

For example, in England and Wales, medical negligence claims must generally be brought and court proceedings issued within three years of the injury or three years of knowledge of the facts giving rise to the chemotherapy negligence claim. 

If someone has passed away, it is the date of death if the limitation period has not expired at the date of death. 

Children not under a disability typically have until they reach 21 to start a chemotherapy negligence claim or court proceedings. 

Persons with a disability, who lack capacity, are not subject to any limitation period.

Can I make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a loved one?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a loved one. Under UK law, if an injured party cannot represent themselves, then a loved one can take the case on their behalf.

Chemotherapy negligence is a perfect example of claiming on behalf of a loved one. The negligence could take a loved one’s life or leave them unable to make a claim.

Your loved one depends wholly on you and the family for care and to fight for their rights. By making a claim on their behalf for chemotherapy negligence, you are fighting for the compensation they deserve.

A No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will work with you to win the compensation claim for the chemotherapy negligence.

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor is the only way to a successful chemotherapy negligence compensation claim. Your No Win No Fee medical negligence solicitor will not charge you for a claim you do not win. 

Always have a fee agreement in place before engaging a medical negligence solicitor. If they start talking of a ‘win fee’ or a ‘success fee,’ you should walk away. The negligent party insurers should pay all fees. 

The medical negligence solicitor should also operate a 100% Compensation Guarantee scheme. When you win the case, all the money awarded should go to you, not the solicitor. 

You are the one who suffered due to the chemotherapy negligence, and you deserve the compensation to get your life back to normal.

Using a No Win No Fee solicitor

Can I make a medical negligence claim against the NHS?

Yes, you can make a medical negligence claim against the NHS. Suing the NHS for negligence is not unusual. People sue the NHS for compensation for medical negligence and receive the money they deserve for the negligent treatment. 

There are between 8,000 and 10,000 successful medical negligence claims against the NHS each year—amounts in compensation claims awarded against the NHS range from £1000 to over £10 million. 

The amount of compensation you receive covers minor injuries such as scarring to serious life-threatening negligence, which leaves you with long-term care needs. 

We trust in and use the NHS daily and do not expect negligence. It happens, though, and the NHS has a dedicated team to handle medical negligence compensation claims, called NHS resolution. 

NHS Resolution has a responsibility to treat patients who seek compensation fairly. Patients pay for the NHS through their taxes, and for that they deserve respect and the best medical treatment.

Contact The Medical Negligence Team

Contact the Medical Negligence Team today to discuss your chemotherapy negligence claim for compensation. We have both the legal and medical experts to guide you along the steps to a successful medical negligence claim for compensation. 

At the Medical Negligence Team, we fight every compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. You will not be out of pocket for an unsuccessful claim. 

We have a very high success rate and a reputation for a speedy and successful resolution to all medical negligence cases. 

Our 100% Compensation Guarantee puts all the money you win into your pocket. You or your loved one suffered chemotherapy negligence and deserve every penny of the compensation claim. 

Contact us at the Medical Negligence Team for all your medical negligence needs.

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